The fourth annual Ipsun Sunny Summer Art Contest had so many great entries! Our judges loved seeing everyone’s artwork and they had a very difficult time choosing the winners. See below for the first, second, and third place for each grade, plus one overall winner. Everyone who entered received a coupon for a free cone at Ben & Jerry’s, the grade level winners received $20 gift cards, and the grand prize was a $50 gift card for the overall winner. Thanks to our friends and fellow B Corp-ers at the local Vienna Ben and Jerry’s shop!
Ipsun is a Certified B Corp, which means it uses its business as a force for good. Ben & Jerry’s is also a B Corp, so we love supporting each other. Big thanks to Ben and Jerry’s in Vienna, VA, for supporting our art contest and inspiring kids to get creative!
We were thrilled to bring our mini solar panel to Green Hedges School in Vienna to talk to the kids about solar power and climate change. The entire 5th grade class participated in our art contest this year – thank you Green Hedges!
Check out our series of videos below to help kids get inspired about solar power and fighting climate change!
Below is a great kids’ climate change video to help introduce you to the reasons why climate change is happening. There are several proven technologies right now to help reduce greenhouse emissions, including wind power, hydropower and of course, solar power. We love solar power because it’s an easy-to-use technology for most people, so it’s our #1 way that we can use technology in our personal lives to fight climate change.
What can kids do to help? A LOT! Kids are driving the fight against climate change! You guys are the leaders, because it’s your future! The best thing you can do is speak up and talk about it with your friends, family, and your representatives in the government. You can send an email to your school board member and let them know you’d like to see the school be more green. You can write to your elected officials to ask the county and state to do better.
Here’s a great action you can take right now: With your parents’ help, you can visit www.call4climate.com. Here you’ll find an overview of some of the most important climate issues facing our lawmakers in Congress right now. You can actually call your Senator’s office and speak to their staff. Let them know you’re a kid who’s worried about the future. There’s a list of things you can say on the website, and we’re sure your parents will help you! Staffers listen to kids even more than grownups, because most of them are pretty young themselves and they understand your concerns.
Check out this TED Talk from our she-ro, Nobel Prize nominee, Time Person of the Year, and 17-year old Swedish kid, Greta Thunberg to see what kids can do. She started her movement when she was just 15.
And you can’t have true inspiration about the sun without listening to the They Might Be Giants song, Why Does The Sun Shine? Of course this version has the older lyrics – we now know that the updated lyrics are more accurate. Duh, everyone knows that the sun is a miasma of incandescent plasma!
Have questions about the contest, or want to talk about how you can get more involved in fighting climate change in your community? Reach out to us and we’ll be happy to talk! You can email the Ipsun Marketing Department any time at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at (703) 249-6594!